Bagpipes & Bonfire

“Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our community’s natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and the land.”

For as long as we can remember, the Highlanders have been privileged to be invited to the annual Bagpipes & Bonfire in Lake Forest, IL. The Lake Forest Open Lands Association hosts this event each fall and invites pipe bands from the Chicago area to march together in a “massed bands” style formation for the crowd. Other highlights of the event are kilted skydivers and a piper kicking off Amazing Grace from the top of the bonfire before it’s lit. For the past few years, world champion Drum Major Jason Paguio has led the bands and prior to that it was Steve Harrison from Canada’s Highland Creek Pipe Band.